Deaf Festival Qld 2022

17 & 18 September

Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

Deaf Festival 2022

Deaf Festival 2022

The Deaf Festival is a celebration of the Deaf community’s language, culture, heritage and achievements. The festival is an excellent opportunity for young deaf people to look up to deaf role models. It has been held bi-annually and showcases deaf people’s skills, businesses, crafts and arts as well as performing arts. There are a variety of booths displaying a mixture of deaf recreation clubs and groups, organisations for the deaf, individual deaf businesses and service providers. Activities and mini workshops are given at the Deaf Festival such as Auslan classes and children’s activities.

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There will be entertainment for everyone like stage performances, signing choirs, children face painting, children activities and rides.Entertainers such as buskers, fairies, circus performers, magicians, stilt walkers, balloonists and clowns are welcome to attend this festival. It is ideal that they can use Auslan. If not, there will be interpreters available to assist with communication. Please contact us if you are interested in doing voluntary performance, signing choirs, dances, busking or dress up entertainers at the festival.


Organisations, deaf owned businesses, service providers, individuals and groups are able to showcase and display their products, services and skills/talents as well as sharing information. Deaf Festival attendees will have opportunities to form network and to purchase products.  They will support Deaf owned businesses by purchasing their products and services directly therefore support the Deaf Ecosystem.


Deaf Festival will have several workshops for children and adults. We are seeking Auslan signing people to host workshops. It could be art workshop, craft workshop for children and/or adults. Organisation and business are welcome to present workshop about their services and products. The workshops are free and materials will be provided by presenters/organisation. Workshop time slots could vary between 15 and 20 minutes. Please fill in the EOI form for the workshop if you are interested in hosting a workshop at Deaf festival.

Arts and Crafts Competition

The Deaf Festival is an opportunity to break down barriers and challenges people’s perceptions of the various abilities of deaf and hard of hearing adults and children. Many deaf, hard of hearing and hearing people will unite to celebrate the creative abilities of deaf adults and children.

This year, we are encouraging all deaf and hard of hearing Queenslanders to submit artwork and handicraft for our Deaf Festival Art and Craft Competition 2022. You are encouraged to let your creativity run wild. Artwork can be in the form of a painting, drawing, photograph, collage, charcoal art or computer designed original art. While crafts can come in form of mosaics, macrame, sculptures, woodcraft, textile craft etc.

This year our theme is related to Building Inclusive Community for All. All artworks must show your thoughts on building an inclusive community for all.

Entry is FREE and all entries must be submitted by Friday 26th August 2022

Friday 16th September 2022, you will arrive Deaf Festival  between 1pm and 5pm to register, delivery your art/craft piece.

Saturday 17th September 2022 – judging of art/ craft will be carried out midday and you can collect your art and craft piece at 4-5pm personally or by nominated person.

Deaf Pub

The Deaf Pub at Deaf Festival is open to people over 18 years old. Come along and socialise with members of the Deaf community. The bar is a safe space where all adults are welcome. Non-alcoholic drinks and snacks will be on sale too.  All transactions will be cashless. We hope to see you there.

Please see the program for bar’s opening hours.

Deaf Café / Deaf Cultural Night

We will have a unique and awesome Deaf Cultural Night where everyone is welcome to attend. Come along and socialise with members of the Deaf community. This is a safe space where everyone is welcome. We will spend the night together to celebrate our wonderful and rich culture through Auslan. There will be talented members of Deaf Community telling stories in Auslan and give performances. We encourage deaf people to enter Auslan Storytelling competition. Start thinking of the story you would like to tell, practice telling it and you might be lucky to win the Auslan Storytelling Competition. We will have deaf judges to select best Deaf Auslan storytellers.  There will be games where everyone can join in. Deaf Café will be open to those who attends the Deaf Cultural Night.

Children Rides

We will release information about the children rides pass soon.


We will sell Deaf Festival and DCCQ merchandises on pre-order and prepaid. These paid merchandises can be collected at Deaf Festival.  We are selling T-shirts, bucket hats/ caps, mugs and tote bags. Contact us if you are interested in buying merchandises.

More information will be released soon.

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